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Maxtor won't allow me to delete files that are no longer on my XP

I can't delete files from Maxtor that I already deleted from My XP computer. When I click on the drive that Maxtor is connected to, I only get a small portion of the directories coming up. Not the ones that I want to delete files from.

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  • K0025805 Feb 07, 2009

    Hi



    I have a similar problem. I cannot delete any files from my maxtor portable drive (200GB)



    Where is the logic here? There are no instructions coming with the drive either... There must be a way..



    Do I need to refigure my laptop or pc to do so?



    I woud be grateful for advice.



    Gemini

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You might not be able to see the hidden files... If this is the case you can enable XP in order to view them as follows.....

Windows XP and Windows 2003
To enable the viewing of Hidden files follow these steps:

  1. Close all programs so that you are at your desktop.
  2. Double-click on the My Computer icon.
  3. Select the Tools menu and click Folder Options.
  4. After the new window appears select the View tab.
  5. Put a checkmark in the checkbox labeled Display the contents of system folders.
  6. Under the Hidden files and folders section select the radio button labeled Show hidden files and folders.
  7. Remove the checkmark from the checkbox labeled Hide file extensions for known file types.
  8. Remove the checkmark from the checkbox labeled Hide protected operating system files.
  9. Press the Apply button and then the OK button and shutdown My Computer.
  10. Now your computer is configured to show all hidden files.

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